International Congress Xperience – Libeskind: a new landmark to regenerate a city
A brand new public building designed by Daniel Libeskind: the International Congress Xperience, also known as MICX, situated in Belgium, puts itself as a landmark and a key element for an economic revitalization of the city of Mons, just as the Guggenheim in Bilbao.
“We used simple, yet dramatic, design gestures, local materials and a flexible program for this modest gem of a building. We hope the new center brings a fresh dynamic to this area of revitalization in Mons.” Daniel Libeskind.
“The Congres Centre’s cladding is open in a manner that gives texture and light to the bearing structure—ribbon concrete walls that ascend in a spiral. The lower walls are clad with vertical slats of unfinished robinia wood that echo the trees in a neighboring park. The upper are clad with vertical bands of anodized aluminum that follow the curve of the wall.
The ribbon walls allow for great flexibility of space, essential in a complex that houses a grand entrance hall, three auditoriums, a multi-purpose hall, conference rooms, offices, a restaurant, an underground parking and a green roof. To maintain the visual integrity of the form, the architects inserted few windows along the ribbon wall—and those are fronted by slats that are rotated to allow for daylight and views
Surrounding the complex is a forecourt of polished, earth-colored concrete, flecked with bands of Belgium blue stone. These blue bands continue onto the ribbon walls forming an irregular pattern that reaffirms the materiality of the design.” says Libeskind.